The Prostate: When Bigger Isn't Better
October 23, 2016
Bigger isn’t always better, even if you’re a guy. This is particularly true as it applies to the prostate gland. As men age, prostates tend to enlarge and that enlargement can cause problems and signal serious health issues. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast prostate health expert Dr. Andrew Roberts answers questions about keeping our prostates healthy.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a long name for an enlarged prostate, which can cause problems for men. What is the prostate and what does it do?
- If a man has an enlarged prostate, what are the most common symptoms to alert him to the problem?
- Waking up at night to urinate or pulling over frequently for bathroom breaks while driving are common signs. But what are some other symptoms for an enlarged prostate?
- Statistically, it's men over 50 who have problems with an enlarged prostate, but not always. If a younger man has this issue, why does it most often occur?
- Can an enlarged prostate be caused by poor dietary choices, such as unhealthy food or alcohol consumption?
- When can an enlarged prostate be a sign of more serious health issues? What types of health issues would be of concern?
- What are some of the most common and effective treatments for an enlarged prostate?
- Discuss some of the most effective medications for an enlarged prostate. How do they work and how effective are they?
- There are surgical options for treating an enlarged prostate. What are some examples, how do they work and do they provide a permanent solution?
- One of the newest treatment interventions for an enlarged prostate uses steam. Is this a proven procedure and how does it work?
- What advice do you have for a man who is having symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
- Is an enlarged prostate inevitable for a man as he ages?